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September 27
Fall Quarter ESL Classes at Yakima Valley College

​Yakima Valley College (YVC) is now enrolling students for fall quarter English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. ESL is the study of English by non- or limited English-speaking adults who want to learn English. Classes combine listening, speaking, reading and writing, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. Contact the location you wish to attend to get the current entrance assessment schedule. You do not need an appointment, availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fall quarter began September 19. Morning classes are Monday through Thursday. Evening classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the evening from 5:30-8:20pm.

ESL is offered at three locations. Call for site specific schedules. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.​

  • Yakima Campus: S. 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902                     509.574.6850

  • Grandview Campus: 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930                           509.882.7000

  • Toppenish Learning Center: 720 W. 3rd Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948                     509.834.4550

September 22
YVC TRiO Program Selected as Finalist for National Award

​Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley College's TRiO program, Scaffolds to Success, has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Examples of Excelencia Award. The award is given by the Washington D.C. organization Excelencia in Education. YVC has been selected as 1 of 6 associate degree institutions from across the nation, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. This initiative honors America's top programs that increase academic opportunities and achievement for Latino students. YVC is proud to be recognized by Excelencia in Education and included in the 2016 edition of What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education.

"We're excited to be nominated for the Excelencia in Education award, not only in that it acknowledges the success of our program, but that it reflects on the quality of our faculty and staff that work directly with our TRiO SSS students," stated Marc Coomer, YVC's Interim Dean for Basic Skills and the Grandview Campus.

In 2009, the Yakima Valley College created the Scaffolds to Success program to increase the persistence, graduation, and transfer rates of incoming students who are low-income, first-generation, and academically under-prepared. The goal is to ensure that qualifying students complete associate degrees and transfer to bachelor degree granting institutions. The Scaffolds to Success program provides wrap-around support to encourage persistence, helping students plan educational pathways, develop financial literacy, and leverage resources. First year objectives include completing developmental English and Freshman Composition, staying continuously enrolled in a math sequence, and completing at least 15 college-level credits. Second year objectives include completing the quantitative requirement for their chosen degree, taking coursework through the general education distribution, and completing at least another 30 college-level credits. Third year objectives include progress towards degree completion and/or transfer. For more information visit:

Excelencia in Education works to accelerate Latino student success in higher education by providing data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latinos, and by promoting education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement. A not-for-profit organization founded in 2004, Excelencia in Education has become a trusted information source on the status of Latino educational achievement, a major resource for influencing policy at the institutional, state, and national levels, and a widely recognized advocate for expanding evidence-based practices to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. Now in its 11th year, Examples of Excelencia is the only national initiative to systematically identify evidence-based programs at the associate, bachelor, and graduate levels, and, since 2014, in community-based programs, that effectively boost Latino enrollment, performance and graduation.​

For more information: 509.574.4960.

September 19
YVC hosts FAFSA/WASFA Workshops to Help Students Gain Access to Money for College

​Yakima Campus-Yakima Valley College will host FAFSA/WASFA Workshops on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 or Wednesday, November 30, 2016 to help students complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). The workshops will be held in the Deccio Higher Education Center Room C210. Each day will feature session's beginning at 2:00pm, 4:00pm, and 6:00pm. Volunteers will be available to help students and answer questions. There is no cost to attend.

FAFSA: The FAFSA is required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds to students in need. In addition, many states and colleges use the FAFSA data to determine eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use FAFSA information to determine whether students qualify for their aid.

WASFA: The Washington State Need Grant expanded eligibility to include to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and satisfy the following residency criteria:

  • Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED (or will do so before beginning college)

  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent

  • Sign an affidavit to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply

    Whether you choose a four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school, this event can help you receive financial aid. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend with their student. Students may attend alone; however, they will need to bring as many of the parent/guardian items as possible.

Student should bring:

  • Your Social Security number and/or card (if applicable)

  • Your DACA work authorization number and/or card (if applicable)

  • Your driver's license or state identification card (if applicable)

  • If you were born after December 31, 1992 bring parent(s) and their 2015 income data (W-2's or year-end pay stub and/or 2015 tax return) or, if taxes have not yet be filed, 2015 year-end earnings information and a copy of the 2015 tax return.

  • If you were born before January 1993, are married, have dependents you support or are active in or a veteran of the U.S. armed services, bring your 2015 year-end income information or your 2015 year-to-date income information and a copy of your 2013 tax form.

  • A valid email address for verification of pin
    Parents/guardians should bring:

  • Your Social Security number and/or card and date of birth (if applicable)
  • Parent income tax return for 2015. If this is not available, students and families can estimate the information using 2015 year-to-day income information and a copy of the 2015 tax form and make corrections to the FAFSA at a later time
  • A valid email address for verification of pin

These documents may not be available to all students, but do not let it discourage you from coming. Volunteers will be able to help get your FAFSA or WASFA application started with whatever information you can provide and you'll be able fill in the blanks once you have obtained all the needed information. All information and documents shared with volunteers will be kept private and confidential. Information will only be used to help students and families apply for financial aid.

Additional workshops will be held in January, February, and March 2017. For more information: 509.574.4701 or 509. 834.4502.​

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September 15
YVC receives Two Grants from the National Science Foundation

​YAKIMA, WA – Yakima Valley College (YVC) has been awarded a pair of National Science Foundation grants to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. YVC is committed to offering excellent undergraduate STEM instruction through outstanding resources and faculty, intended to prepare students to succeed in transfer or professional/technical education. 

First, a collaboration with Central Washington University (CWU) has been awarded $122,300 over the next three years to create a Sustainability for Our Lives, Values, Environment and Resources (SOLVER) bridging program between YVC and CWU. The grant is designed to increase the enrollment and retention rate of YVC STEM students. Specifically, YVC students will have increased access to undergraduate research and CWU faculty.

 "The SOLVER program provides multiple opportunities for our students to work on research questions and interact with CWU faculty," stated YVC Biology Instructor Dr. Matthew Loeser.

Second, YVC has been awarded a $447,776 grant over the next five years to create a New Scientist Training (NeST) program. The NeST program will stimulate performance of low-income and first-generation college students interested in earning a degree in a STEM field. The program, based at YVC, includes the following key elements: incentivized scholarships to be awarded for academic performance, undergraduate research opportunities, support for the STEM club, expanded tutoring and proactive advising.

The results of this program will shed light on important questions about financial aid practices that may propel our promising, but underrepresented students towards success in the sciences. 

"The NeST program is an exciting addition to the suite of student experiences we offer at YVC and one that will improve educational attainment for lower income families from across our valley," stated Dean of Arts & Sciences Kerrie Cavaness.​

Explore options available in STEM today!
For more information contact: Dr. Matthew Loeser at 509.574.4858 /

September 07
Summer 2016 Honor Roll

Yakima Valley College is pleased to announce the students who received honor roll status on the President's or Dean's List for Summer Quarter 2016. Included are the standards for these honors as well as the list of students.


Scholastic Standards

Each quarter the college recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President's List or the Dean's List. Each of the students who meet the criteria for these designations will receive a letter and a certificate acknowledging this award. A notation of the award will also be placed on the student's permanent transcript.


President's List

To receive the President's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.85 or higher.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included).

 ​YVC-summer 2016 honor roll_presidents list.docx

Dean's List

To receive the Dean's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.40-3.84.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included).

 YVC-summer 2016 honor roll_deans list.docx

Part-time Students

The college is aware that some of our part-time students have also achieved significant academic success while balancing full-time jobs, family responsibilities, and college studies. Part-time students are eligible each time they complete 12 credits at YVC and their GPA falls within the designated list for the quarter. Part-time students need to notify the Registration and Records Office each time they qualify. Dean's List and President's List notations will be posted on the transcript for the quarter in which the 12 credits are completed at YVC.

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